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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, Choral Fantasia - Brautigam, Parrott        (7 of 9 found this review helpful)
  January 19, 2011

ADHD summary: A brisk and light performance of the Emperor that may be lost in the surfeit of the competition, coupled with an outstanding performance of a piece that deserves to be even less well known than it is. Let's just jump in and talk over the Choral Fantasy. For reference to something ... more
Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 - Frank Beermann        (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
  January 15, 2011

ADHD Summary: Best appreciated and enjoyed by people who would like to get acquainted with the music through un-affected performances delivered via quite good recordings, rather than by Schumann collectors looking for the edges of interpretation in the repertoire. Personal: For music that is not ... more
Mendelssohn: Complete String Symphonies - Markiz      (7 of 8 found this review helpful)
  March 26, 2010

ADHD Summary: This is an excellent disc. It is surprising in the "Mendelssohn year" that no one has yet reviewed this disc. At $23 for 265 minutes of music, it is a must for anyone interested in Mendelssohn. (Yes: I will briefly argue the case for BIS's SACD-only portfolio.) The Music: These 14 ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 5 - Zinman          (17 of 17 found this review helpful)
  March 17, 2010

ADHD Summary: Statistics. Pictures. This review has both. Amazon reveals that there are well over 50 available recordings of this symphony. We seem to want each performer to bring something different to the event, and when they do so, we object. But there is something genuinely strange about the ... more
Langgaard: The Symphonies - Dausgaard        (10 of 12 found this review helpful)
  February 22, 2010

ADHD Summary: Langgaard's music is mauve and white striped wallpaper for the ears, and the recordings will not show off your hi-fi. Nothing extraordinary here; neither in the music nor the recording. The music: These discs contain a score plus one of symphonic scores by Langgaard, and are of ... more

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